SPRING FLING 2009 LINEUP REVEALED

1. KING KHAN AND THE SHRINES
2. CLIPSE
3. SANTIGOLD (!)

santigoldIt’s official – Social Committee pulled through and got Santigold, aka Santi White ’97, at the last minute.*

Santi blew up in the past year with the release of her genre-bending (formerly**) eponymous album Santogold, and has since toured with Bjork, M.I.A., and Coldplay, and collaborated with the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye, and David Byrne.

Her success as Santigold isn’t really part of the recent Wesleyan/Brooklyn alumni musical clusterfuck we’ve come to know and love – she basically hasn’t been back here since she graduated. But it looks like you can forget whatever reservations we thought she had about Wesleyan – she’s making quite a return to her alma mater as a Spring Fling headliner.

clipse1Rap duo/brothers Clipse have been making hits since 2001 – I remember because “When the Last Time” and “Grindin’” were big deals at my junior high “prom”.

But don’t let that dissuade you – their rhymes are fresh and fueled by The Neptunes’ beats, and they’re about to drop a new album, Till the Casket Drops, late this summer, which will probably have at least a few inescapable summer party jams we’ll get to hear live before they’re all over the radio by September.

11620-the-supreme-genius-of-king-khan-and-the-shrinesKing Khan has been called the “Maharaja of Soul”, not only because he plays a musical genre discongruous to his heritage as a brown person, but because he fucking rocks. Formerly of the Montreal-based garage-rock outfit “The Spaceshits” and an on-and-off collaborator in the doo-wop/punk duo “The King Khan & BBQ Show“,  Khan went to Berlin and started up “The Supreme Genius of King Khan and His Sensational Shrines” a few years back.

They somewhat insufficiently describe themselves as a “psychedelic-soul-big-band” – by all accounts, these guys need to be experienced, not just heard. Everyone I know who’s seen them has been ecstatic about their live shows, even before they knew the Shrines were coming to Spring Fling and figured they’d have to feign enthusiasm.

So, soul/punk/madness from King Khan, Clipse’s dope rhymes, and Santigold’s triumphant return to Wes – overall an excellent lineup. GJ Social Committee!

Santigold at Central Park SummerStage last year:

Clipse at the Knitting Factory:

And King Khan & the Shrines live in Phoenix last year:

Check out the Spring Fling players on Myspace:

*This information is directly from the Social Committee, it is true.

**FYI: Santigold, formerly known as Santogold. She changed from the “o” to an “i” in February this year because a jeweler/entrepreneur already named Santo Gold threatened to sue her for being more famous than him. True story, change it on your iTunes.

50 thoughts on “SPRING FLING 2009 LINEUP REVEALED

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  2. Anonymous

    @21 – Yes while right now she might be more popular, I’m sure when Clipse’s new album comes out next month they’ll shoot up too. Also, this doesn’t show the google hits from when their first and massive hit record Lord Willin’ was out, so it’s not quite a good indication of total career popularity (although I know you were going for just current popularity).

  3. Anonymous

    @21 – Yes while right now she might be more popular, I’m sure when Clipse’s new album comes out next month they’ll shoot up too. Also, this doesn’t show the google hits from when their first and massive hit record Lord Willin’ was out, so it’s not quite a good indication of total career popularity (although I know you were going for just current popularity).

  4. Anonymous

    i agree so much that Wesleyan students enjoy complaining an excessive amount. this lineup looks good to me. <3

  5. Anonymous

    i agree so much that Wesleyan students enjoy complaining an excessive amount. this lineup looks good to me. <3

  6. Anonymous

    hhahahahhahahahah wait seriously? are you saying hipsters = vampires? that just make absolutely no sense. why do wesleyan students looooooooove to complain more than anything in the world????

  7. Anonymous

    hhahahahhahahahah wait seriously? are you saying hipsters = vampires? that just make absolutely no sense. why do wesleyan students looooooooove to complain more than anything in the world????

  8. Anonymous

    This seems like a shamelessly hipster-heavy set. Too bad they can’t handle sunlight long enough to enjoy the whole show.

  9. Anonymous

    This seems like a shamelessly hipster-heavy set. Too bad they can’t handle sunlight long enough to enjoy the whole show.

  10. Anonymous

    I remember hearing of Clipse in like 8th grade. Never heard of Santogold until I came to Wes. Maybe Santogold is an east coast thing that is getting (or has gotten) bigger recently.

  11. Anonymous

    I remember hearing of Clipse in like 8th grade. Never heard of Santogold until I came to Wes. Maybe Santogold is an east coast thing that is getting (or has gotten) bigger recently.

  12. Anonymous

    10 — well, that’s your friends. it’d be crazy to say santigold isn’t “making it big” or whatever. i’d never heard of clipse before now.

  13. Anonymous

    10 — well, that’s your friends. it’d be crazy to say santigold isn’t “making it big” or whatever. i’d never heard of clipse before now.

  14. Anonymous

    @8

    I don’t know. I know many friends (outside of the Wesleyan indie bubble) who know who Clipse is and haven’t heard of Santigold.

  15. Anonymous

    @8

    I don’t know. I know many friends (outside of the Wesleyan indie bubble) who know who Clipse is and haven’t heard of Santigold.

  16. Anonymous

    @6—a headliner is not about who has the most indie cred. a headliner is traditionally the most recognizable name and that is what santigold is.

  17. Anonymous

    @6—a headliner is not about who has the most indie cred. a headliner is traditionally the most recognizable name and that is what santigold is.

  18. Anonymous

    @ #4:
    There are plenty of acts more “famous” in terms of mainstream recognition, but that does not denote quality, nor does it speak to the strength of Clipse’s underground fanbase. Clipse has also been around longer and has much much much more indie cred.

  19. Anonymous

    @ #4:
    There are plenty of acts more “famous” in terms of mainstream recognition, but that does not denote quality, nor does it speak to the strength of Clipse’s underground fanbase. Clipse has also been around longer and has much much much more indie cred.

  20. Anonymous

    No, not with an O.

    So are we considering her the headliner? Because Clipse should definitely be headliner over her.

  21. Anonymous

    No, not with an O.

    So are we considering her the headliner? Because Clipse should definitely be headliner over her.

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